Forging sustainability

Joana Isabel do Vale Lourenço

Joana Isabel do Vale Lourenço

Investigadora Auxiliar

  • Researcher ID: C-8830-2009
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0301-6385
  • Ciencia ID: 6A17-4EDC-6E17
  • Departamento: Departamento de Biologia
  • Grupo de Investigação: Stress Biology (SB)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Lourenco J) AND Topic= (uranium toxicity or genotoxicity or mutation or biomarkers) or (Eisenia andrei) or (Zebrafish) or (Daphnia magna) or (Comet assay) AND Address=(Aveiro)

Interesses de investigação

Radiation biology:
Effects of ionizing radiation on humans (Genotoxicity; Gene expression profiling and mutation analysis; DNA repair)

Environmental toxicology applied to radioecogenotoxicology (namely on uranium mines):
Effects of exposure to ionizing radiation and metals on bioindicator species (Genotoxicity; Gene expression profiling and mutation analysis; DNA repair)

Graus académicos

PhD on Molecular Biology and Genetics with the classification of approved by the University of Aveiro, Portugal, with the thesis entitled “Evaluation of genotoxic effects in humans and bioindicator species from an abandoned uranium mine area”, July 2012, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.

BsC in Biology (Licenciatura Pré-Bolonha) by the University of Évora, with a final score of 15 out of 20, with the work entitled “Genotoxic effects in european eels (Anguilla anguilla L.) exposed to Benzo[a]pirene”, November 2006, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal.

Atividades científicas

Professional status

31/01/2019 - Contracted researcher under the Decree Law 57/2016 Art. 23 - Transitional Rule, at the Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro, working in "Genetic effects of exposure to Low dose ionising radiation and metals in vitro and in human and non-human biota".

Integrated in the “Grupo nacional de apoio à discussão do Horizonte Europa” to specifically comment the EURATOM Research and Training Programme for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Integrated in the European Radioecology Alliance.

Scientific experience

01/04/2014 to 31/12/2018 - Post-doctoral fellowship under the theme "Uranium mining wastes: the contribution of in vitro tests for the elucidation of the molecular responses of metals and uranium daughter radionuclides toxicity" (refª SFRH/BPD/92554/2013), University of Aveiro.
2012/2013 - Post-doctoral fellowship under the project “ENGENUR - Definition of new ENdpoints to assess and discriminate GENotoxic effects resulting from environmental exposures to Uranium, Uranium daughter Radionuclides and ionizing radiation in bioindicator species (reference PTDC/AAC-AMB/114057/2009), funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) (Reference: BPD/UI88/6230/2012 University of Aveiro). Start date: 1/11/2012; End date: 28/03/2014. Total duration: 17 months
2008/2012 - PhD in Biology: "Evaluation of genotoxic effects in humans and bioindicator species from an abandoned uranium mine area", University of Aveiro. Grant: PhD grant granted by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal (Reference: SFRH/BD/37007/2007). Start date: 1/04/2008; End date: 1/04/2012. Total duration: 48 months
2007-2008 - Lab technician in the Freshwater Ecology Lab (LEAD), CESAM, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2005-2006 - Final year thesis in the Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory with Prof. Sónia Mendo supervision in the project " Genotoxic effects in european eels (Anguilla anguilla L.) exposed to Benzo[a]pirene".
2001-2006 - Degree in Biology by the University of Évora, Portugal.



Best oral presentation in an international conference

Lourenço J., Pereira R, Gonçalves F., Mendo S. (2012) SSH gene expression profile of Eisenia andrei exposed in situ to a naturally contaminated soil from an abandoned uranium mine. 9th ISEG - International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry held in 15 to 22nd July, Aveiro.



RadoNorm - Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations - focus on radon and NORM Ver mais

ENGENUR – Definição de novos Endpoints para avaliação de efeitos Genotóxicos, resultantes de exposições ambientais de Ver mais

Orientações científicas

Master (Co-orientador): Diana Castelhano Martins (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Letícia Vieira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Ana Sofia Vaz (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): André José Pereira Campos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Ricardo Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-orientador): Paulo Miguel Cardoso Reis (not a CESAM member)

Outreach activitites

1. Since 2015, participation in the project “Da Escola Agarra a Vida” in collaboration with the Câmara Municipal de Mortágua, Agrupamento de Escolas de Mortágua and the Associação de Desenvolvimento Local (ADICES) in two main events: “Semana das Profissões” and “Na sombra de um Professional”.

Invited lecturer at the event “Semana das Profissões”, with an oral presentation entitled “O que é ser Investigador Científico – Biólogo? Project “Da Escola, Agarra a Vida” – Promoted by Câmara Municipal de Mortágua, 2nd March 2015, Agrupamento de Escolas de Mortágua, Mortágua, Portugal.

Participation in the event “Na sombra de um Profissional” (2015, 2016 and 2017), by receiving a group of students in the laboratory. This event had the main goal of helping students to develop and expand their perspectives and preferences towards different careers, by observing professionals daily routine, their daily tasks, the people they relate to, the kind of decisions they have to make, unexpected events, etc.

2.  Collaboration in the organization of the conference cycle Floresta, Ambiente e Clima, organized by the Câmara Municipal de Mortágua, integrated in the event Expo Mortágua, on the 26th May, 2018.

Peer review activity

  1. Environment International (IF 7.297; Q1)

  2. Environmental Science and Technology (IF 6.653; Q1)

  3. Environmental Research (IF 4.732; Q1)

  4. Science of the Total Environment (IF 4.6; Q1)

  5. Chemosphere (IF 4.427; Q1)

  6. Environmental Pollution (IF 4.358; Q1)

  7. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (IF 3.9; Q1)

  8. Fish & Shellfish Immunology  (IF 3.185; Q1)

  9. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology (IF 2.776; Q2)

  10. Biological Research (IF 2.357; Q1)

  11. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IF 2.145; Q2)

  12. Water, Air & Soil Pollution ((IF 1.769; Q2)

  13. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics (IF 1.527; Q2)

Other Author IDs

Scopus Author ID: 15073284500

Publons ID:


Laboratório de Biotecnologia Molecular

Interesses de investigação


Efeitos da radiação ionizante em humanos (genotoxicidade; perfil de expressão genética; reparação DNA)

Toxicologia ambiental focada na radioecogenotoxicidade (nomeadamente em minas de urânio):

Efeitos da radiação ionizante em organismos indicadores (genotoxicidade; perfil de expressão genética; reparação DNA)

Financiamento do CESAM: